Military mom, newborn reunited after brutal knife attack
Updated: Monday, November 4 2013, 10:01 PM MST
By: Jesse Martinez and Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas A woman who was stabbed while nine months pregnant last week held her newborn daughter for the first time.
The Poole family reached out to KFOX14 reporter Bill Melugin and shared an exclusive photo and video of Rachel holding her daughter, Isabella, for the first time.
In the video, Rachel, 31, is slow to move and the injury to her left eye is visible.
The Poole's also invited Melugin to visit them in Rachel's hospital room at University Medical Center in El Paso.
During the meeting, the Poole's talked about Rachel's recovery, Isabella, and the global media attention their story has received.
Rachel was smiling, laughing, cracking jokes, and even told her nurse not to steal her candy bar before she went home for the night.
The Poole's told KFOX14 that Isabella was discharged from the hospital because of her good health, and has been moved to an undisclosed location.
The Poole's also showed KFOX14 a stack of media requests they had received from all over the world.
CNN, Good Morning America, Fox News, Inside Edition, and television stations in Egypt, The Netherlands, and Australia are just a few.
The Poole's spoke briefly about what happened the night Rachel was attacked, though understandably, they requested that information stay off the record until Rachel is healed up and out of the hospital, and until the judicial process is complete.
Justin Poole told KFOX14 they had four dogs at the time of the incident. Three of them were taken into kennels, but authorities allegedly left behind a toy Chihuahua, which has since passed away.
As KFOX14 previously reported, Poole was allegedly attacked and stabbed Wednesday night by a Fort Bliss soldier, Corey Bernard Moss, 19.
During the attack, Rachel was video-chatting with her husband, Justin Poole, who was deployed in southwest Asia.
According to police documents, Justin could hear the attack as Rachel recognized Moss and screamed his name to her husband.
Police said Rachel received stab wounds in her face and body as well as several fractures.
Justin contacted Moss's co-workers and they confronted Moss on post. The co-workers found the knife used in the attack, police said.
Rachel, who was nine months pregnant at the time of the attack, was taken to University Medical Center. Isabella was born via C-section Friday.
"I think the recovery is going pretty well, we have an amazingly strong daughter who is absolutely gorgeous," Rachel said in a previous interview. "It means the world, just being able to see her and know that, through everything, she's doing just fine."
According to the Poole family, Isabella was sick immediately after her birth because of the medication her mother had been on since being admitted to the hospital. On the other hand, the baby's health was improving.
As of Monday, Isabella no longer needed help breathing or eating, according to Justin.
Rachel told KFOX14 she has started physical therapy, and is noticing an improvement in her condition. Justin told KFOX14 that she had no vision in one eye, but that she recently began seeing halos in it.
"I still haven't talked to the eye doctor. I really want to wait for any confirmation; we're very hopeful," Rachel said.
Justin Poole told KFOX14 they haven't asked for any financial assistance, but some of his closest friends have been organizing efforts and fundraisers to help with medical bills and baby Isabella's needs.
Poole said there have been several scam artists trying to take advantage of the family's situation, and because of that, he released a list to KFOX14 detailing legitimate people the public can contact to help the family.
Angie Gooden, Rachel's best friend
Brett Lively, Justin's "Battle Buddy"
Alexandra Montgomery, whose husband went through basic training with Justin
Latatia Charles, with whom Justin grew up
Alice Bucknight, military liaison
Alicia Schindler, Rachel's sister
Poole told KFOX14 any excess funds they receive will be donated to a battered-women's fund.